Former ABC News president David Westin of Bronxville will discuss his book, Exit Interview, as he opens fall 2012 Books & Coffee series.
President of ABC News from 1997-2010, Westin shares what went on behind the scenes while covering events such as President Clinton’s impeachment, the 2000 Presidential election recount, the 9/11 attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the economic crisis of 2008.
He's set to speak on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts at Concordia.
For nearly 14 years, Westin was responsible for all aspects of ABC News television broadcasts, including World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, Good Morning America, 20/20, Primetime, This Week with Christiane Amanpour, World News Now, and ABC News Radio. He took charge in 1997 just as cable news was on the rise and broadcast audiences were shrinking.
His book reveals the challenges of those “lean years,” the need for budget cuts and reform, and the real-life trade-offs made every day in the business of television news.
During Westin’s tenure, ABC News received 11 George Foster Peabody Awards, 13 Alfred I Dupont Awards, five George Polk Awards, more than 40 News and Documentary Emmys, and more than 40 Edward R. Murrow Awards. Westin is currently President and CEO of NewsRight, the independent digital rights organization for news providers.
David Westin is married to Sherrie Rollins Westin and lives in Bronxville.
This free presentation is made possible through the support of Friends of Concordia.